Lindsey Jacobellis pulls off board grab to win second Olympic gold, 16 years after showboat fail at Turin 2006
Undeterred by the board grab showboat which ruined her chances of Olympic gold at Turin 2006, Lindsey Jacobellis was evidently feeling confident in Beijing three days after her victory in the women’s snowboard cross. She won the mixed team event along with USA partner Nick Baumgartner, and did so with a board grab on the final jump. Gutsy.
‘I love it’ – 16 years after THAT fail, Jacobellis evades crash and then showboats again
Sixteen years on from a showboat that would seemingly haunt her for the rest of her career, Lindsey Jacobellis pulled off the ultimate flex in what could well have been her final jump at an Olympics.
Jacobellis’ name became synonymous with celebrating too early when she attempted a board grab in the dying moments of the women's snowboard cross big final at Turin 2006, a move which famously cost her gold as she fell in the final straight to gift Switzerland’s Tanja Frieden victory.
Pairing up with Nick Baumgartner, the US duo comfortably reached the big final, where they came up against two Italian teams and Canada 1.
Baumgartner won his leg by just 0.04 seconds, giving Jacobellis the tiniest of advantages, one which 2018 women’s champion Michela Moioli of Italy was initially able to overhaul in the early stages of the race.
However, Jacobellis did not give up, and she remarkably hauled back the Italian before pulling off the unthinkable on the final jump – a board grab.